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Full-time Academic Staff: Teaching Staff

Dr Jinbao Li

李金豹 副教授

Room 10.29

391 77101

Associate Professor 

B.S., M.S. (Lanzhou); PhD (Columbia)




Dr. Jinbao Li received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physical Geography from Lanzhou University, China, and his PhD degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Columbia University, USA. His research centers on long-term variations in El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the most powerful climate force on Earth, and the Asian monsoon, the most crucial climate system to the Asian community. He carries out diagnostic studies using both instrumental and proxy (tree-rings in particular) records to gain insights into long-term dynamics of the ENSO and the Asian monsoon systems and their impacts on society.

Research Interests
  • Climate Change

  • Paleo Climate

  • Drought

  • Dendrochronology

  • Forest Ecology


Contemporary Global Environment Issues

6 credits

Nature Conservation for Sustainable Societies

6 credits

Atomspheric Environment and Global Climate

6 credits

Climate Change and the Environment

6 credits

selected Publications


  • Pei, Q., Zhang, D. D., Li, J. and Fei, J. (2019) “Proxy-based Temperature Reconstruction in China for the Holocene.” Quaternary International 521: 168-174. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2019.06.032 (IF2018=1.952).

  • Peng, J., Li, J., Wang, T., Huo, J. and Yang, L. (2019) “Effect of Altitude on Climate-growth Relationships of Chinese White Pine (Pinus Armandii) in the northern Funiu Mountain, central China.” Climatic Change 154(1): 273-288. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-019-02416-7 (IF2018=4.168).

  • Fang, K., Guo, Z., Chen, D., Wang, L., Dong, Z., Zhou, F., Zhao, Y., Li, J., Li, Y. and Cao, X. (2019) “Interdecadal Modulation of the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO) on southwest China’s Temperature over the past 250 years.” Climate Dynamics 52(3): 2055-2065. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-018-4244-x (IF2018=4.048).

  • Li, J., Xie, S. P., Cook, E. R., Chen, F., Shi, J., Zhang, D. D., Fang, K., Gou, X., Li, T., Peng, J., Shi, S. and Zhao, Y. (2019) “Deciphering Human Contributions to Yellow River Flow Reductions and Downstream Drying using Centuries-Long Tree Ring Records.” Geophysical Research Letters 46(2): 898-905. DOI: 10.1029/2018GL081090 (IF2018=4.578).


  • Fang, K., Guo, Z., Chen, D., Wang, L., Dong, Z., Zhou, F., Zhao, Y., Li, J., Li, Y. and Cao, X. (2018) “Interdecadal Modulation of the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO) on Southwest China’s Temperature over the past 250 years.” Climate Dynamics 52: 1-11. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-018-4244-x (IF2018=4.048).

  • Guo, G., Fang, K., Li, J., Linderholm, H. W., Li, D., Zhou, F., Dong, Z., Li, Y. and Wang, L. (2018)” Increasing Intrinsic Water-use Efficiency over the past 160 years does not stimulate Tree Growth in Southeastern China.” Climate Research 76, 115-130. DOI: 10.3354/cr01526 (IF2018=1.984).

  • Liu, F., Li, J., Wang, B., Liu, J., Li, T., Huang, G. and Wang, Z. (2018) “Divergent El Niño Responses to Volcanic Eruptions at Different Latitudes over the Past Millennium.” Climate Dynamics 50(9): 3799-3812. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-017-3846-z (IF2018=4.048).

  • Liu, W., Gou, X., Li, J., Huo, Y., Yang, M. and Lin, Wei. (2018) “Separating Temperature from Precipitation Signals Encoded in Tree-ring Widths over the Past Millennium on the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau, China.” Quaternary Science Reviews 193: 159-169. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.06.008 (IF2018=4.641).

  • Peng, J., Peng, K. and Li, J. (2018) “Climate-growth Response of Chinese White Pine (Pinus armandii) at Different Age Groups in the Baiyunshan National Nature Reserve, Central China.” Dendrochronologia 49: 102-109. DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2018.02.004 (IF2018=2.281).

  • Wang, Z., Liu, J., Li, J. and Zhang, D. (2018) “Multi-Spectral Water Index (MuWI): A Native 10-m Multi-Spectral Water Index for Accurate Water Mapping on Sentinel-2.” Remote Sensing 10, 1643. DOI: 10.3390/rs10101643 (IF2018=4.118). 


  • Li, J., Shi, J., Zhang, D., Bao, Y., Fang, K. and Yue, P. (2017) “Moisture Increase in response to High-altitude Warming Evidenced by Tree-rings on the Southeastern Tibetan Plateau.” Climate Dynamics 48: 649-660. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-016-3101-z (IF2018=4.048).

  • Fang, K., Guo, Z., Chen, D., Linderholm, H. W., Li, J., Zhou, F., Guo, G., Dong, Z. and Li, Y. (2017) “Drought Variation of North-central China since 1568 and its Linkages with Droughts in Western North America.” Climate Dynamics 49(11): 3839-2850. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-017-3545-9 (IF2018=4.048).

  • Huo, Y., Gou, X., Liu, W., Li, J., Zhang, C. and Fang, K. (2017) “Climate–growth Relationships of Schrenk Spruce (Picea schrenkiana) along an Altitudinal Gradient in the Western Tianshan Mountains, Northwest China.” Trees–Structure & Function 31: 429-439. DOI: 10.1007/s00468-017-1524-8 (IF2018=1.799).

  • Li, T. and Li, J. (2017) “A 564-year Annual Minimum Temperature Reconstruction for the east central Tibetan Plateau from Tree Rings.” Global and Planetary Change 157: 165-173. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.08.018 (IF2018=4.100).

  • Liu, Y., Cobb, K. M., Song, H., Li, Q., Li, C. Y., Nakatuska, T., An, Z., Zhou, W., Cai, Q., Li, J., Leavitt, S. W., Sun, C., Mei, R., Shen, C. C., Chan, M. H., Sun, J., Yan, L., Lei, Y., Ma, Y., Li, X., Chen, D. and Linderholm, H. W. (2017) “Recent Enhancement of Central Pacific El Niño Variability relative to last eight centuries.” Nature Communications 8: 15386. DOI:  10.1038/ncomms15386. (IF2018=11.878).

  • Pei, Q., Zhang, D. D., Li, J. and Lee, H. F. (2017) “Proxy-based Northern Hemisphere Temperature Reconstruction for the mid-to-late Holocene.” Theoretical and Applied Climatology 130(3): 1043-1053. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-016-1932-5 (IF2018=2.720).

  • Shi, J., Li, J., Zhang, D. D., Zheng, J., Shi, J., Ge, Q., Lee, H. F., Zhao, Y., Zhang, J. and Lu, H. (2017) “Two centuries of April-July Temperature Change in Southeastern China and its Influence on Grain Productivity.” Science Bulletin 62: 40-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.scib.2016.11.005 (IF2018=6.277).

  • Shi, S., Li, J., Shi, J., Zhao, Y. and Huang, G. (2017) “Three centuries of Winter Temperature Change on the southeastern Tibetan Plateau and its relationship with the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation.” Climate Dynamics 49: 1305-1319. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-016-3381-3 (IF2018=4.048).


  • Hu, X., Lei, L. C., Li, J., Iseli-Chan, N., Siu, F. L. and Chu, S. K. (2016) “Access Moodle using Mobile Phones: Student usage and perceptions.” Mobile Learning Design 155-171. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-0027-0_10

  • Ng, T. D., Lei, C. U., Iseli-Chan, N., Li, J., Siu, F. L. C. and Hu, X. (2016) “Non-repository uses of Moodle through Mobile Access: Students’ usage patterns and perceptions. In CITE Research Symposium.” Centre for Information Technology in Education, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong.


  • Francisco K. S., Hart, H. J., Li, J., Cook, E. R. and Baker P. J. (2015) “Annual Rings in a Native Hawaiian Hardwood Tree, Sophora chrysophylla, on Maunakea, Hawaiʻi.” Journal of Tropical Ecology 31(6): 567-571. DOI: 10.1017/S026646741500036X (IF2018=1.194).

  • Liu, W., Gou, X., Li, J., Huo, Y. and Fang, K. (2015) “A Method to separate Temperature and Precipitation signals encoded in Tree-ring widths for the western Tien Shan Mountains, Northwest China.” Global and Planetary Change 133: 141-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.08.002 (IF2018=4.100).

  • Shi, J., Lu, H., Li, J., Shi, S., Hou, X. and Li, L. (2015) “Tree-ring based Spring Precipitation Reconstruction for the Lower Reaches of the Yangtze River, southeast China.” Global and Planetary Change 131: 82-88. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.05.006 (IF2018=4.100).

  • Zhang D., Pei, Q., Lee, F., Zhang, J., Chang, C., Li, B., Li, J. and Zhang, X. (2015) “The pulse of Imperial China: A Quantitative Analysis of Long-term Geopolitical and Climatic Cycles.” Global Ecology and Biogeography 24(1): 87-96. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12247 (IF2018=5.667).

Last Update: September 2019

  • Postdoc Fellowship, International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa (09/2009-12/2012)

  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (05/2007)

  • Faculty Fellowship of GSAS, Columbia University (09/2003 – 05/2009) 

Journal Reviews

Nature Climate Change, Chinese Science Bulletin, Climate Dynamics, Climatic Change, Dendrochronologia, Geophysical Research Letters, Global Change Biology, Global and Planetary Change, Holocene, Journal of IAWA, International Journal of Climatology, Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, Quaternary International, Science in China, Water Resources Research.

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